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Where to Eat Barbecue (and More!) in Kansas City, MO

While nearly every Kansas City joint with a smoker will sell you the entire barnyard, each barbecue spot has its own specialty that should be the start and end of your order. And KC has more than just barbecue to offer. Consider this your guide to Kansas City's best meals, plus where to go for beer, cocktails, and more. More

Lenexa, Kansas: Stonewall Inn Pizza

Captain Ahab had Moby Dick, giving birth to the notion of "the white whale" as a goal to be chased to the ends of the earth, self-destruction be damned. Herman Melville was able to spin one version of the Great American Novel out of that tale. My white whale, over the course of several Christmases in the Kansas City area, has been Stonewall Inn Pizza. Kansas City is land-locked, of course, which makes this tale less tragic, thank goodness, and unlike Melville, I'm only able to spin a short blog post out of it. More

Becoming a Certified Barbecue Judge at the Kansas City Barbecue Society

"Would those of you who can tell the difference between a McRib sandwich and real barbecue please stand up and raise your right hand?" At the behest of the Kansas City Barbecue Society and by invitation from the Jack Daniel Distillery, I pushed back my seat and joined a sizable crowd of barbecue lovers in Lynchburg, Tennessee, to become a newly minted KCBS judge. With hands in the air, we took the oath. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 142: Are You Good About Exercising While Traveling?

Sometimes, when I'm packing for a trip I think about not bringing my exercise gear. And then I think again, because I realize when I'm eating my way through Kansas City barbecue and fried chicken joints that not exercising every day would be a form of diet suicide. It would be like giving in, like the worst kind of surrender, without dignity or grace. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 141: Thank God For My Serious Diet

In sharing my weight struggles with the serious eaters in this column, I have learned so much from all the comments, even those that betray a certain skepticism about the whole process. Most of all, I have learned that I am not alone in my struggles, and that realization alone is worth, well, a ton. So you know what? I'm going to get on Thinner and reveal my weight this morning, just as I've done every Friday morning for the last 141 weeks. More

Kansas City: Get One of America's Most Important Hamburgers at Town Topic

Town Topic opened its doors in 1937, but the locations hamburger heritage is even older than that—the turrets on the corners of the little shack on Broadway betray the fact that it was once a White Castle. And the hamburgers they serve there, more than 70 years later, are a cultural relic from that era: Small pucks of beef are pressed in to a searing griddle with onions, while the bun is steamed on top. More

What Are Burnt Ends? And Why Are They So Delicious?

"I dream of those burned edges. Sometimes, when I'm in some awful overpriced restaurant in some strange town—all of my restaurant-finding techniques having failed, so that I'm left to choke down something that costs $7 and tastes like a medium-rare sponge—a blank look comes over my face: I have just realized that at that very moment someone in Kansas City is being given those burned edges free." —Calvin Trillin on the burnt ends from Arthur Bryant's. More

K.C. Pit Master Making Smoked Pizza

The Wilmington Star News reports on a recent WTF pizza moment at the Currituck BBQ Classic in Corolla, North Carolina: When I heard [Chris] Marks say that at the recent Currituck BBQ Classic in Corolla, I thought, "He's smoking something." But Marks was serious. The owner of Kansas City's Three Little Pigs BBQ & Catering told me he simply places rolled-out pizza crust directly on the smoker grate, adds sauce, cheese and toppings and then bakes the pizza for about 45 minutes at about 275 degrees. The crust, he says, comes out cracker crisp, the pie smoky and flavorful. Related... More

Suburban KC-area Man Fights Neighbors Over Backyard Chicken Coop

Photograph from Carol Mitchell on Flickr I grew up in Kansas City, a city that some folks here in my current place of residence view as hicksville. (It's not.) So I love what Fat City blogger Owen Morris has to say about an Overland Park, Kansas, man whose neighbors are giving him (chicken)s**t about his chicken coop: "This means Kansas City is on the cutting edge, not stuck in the rural past."... More

Contemporary Dance Piece Inspired by Barbecue

Photograph from TheJosephBoys on Flickr Barbecue has inspired all sorts of mania, but has it gone too far when a modern dance company bases a piece on the iconic American food? In mid May, dance students at the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company in Kansas City will be performing the Gates B-B-Que Suite, inspired by Gates Bar-B-Q and Kansas City jazz: The piece is described as a "loving and playful look" at the tradition of Kansas City barbeque. Set in a barbeque restaurant, the choreography is intended to capture the "microcosm of society" in dance as people socialize and eat this favorite Kansas City cuisine. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 and at 8 p.m. on May... More

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